BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA made it three straight over the Celtics in the Eastern Division finals with a 115-104 victory as Wilt Chamberlain set a playoff record with 41 rebounds and Hal Greer scored 30 points (page 28). In the fourth game, however, BOSTON, with crisp outside shooting from Sam Jones (32 points) and John Havlicek (31), defeated the 76ers 121-117.
BOXING—World Bantamweight Champion MASAHIKO (Fighting) HARADA of Japan, after being floored for a count of eight in the opening round, outpointed Tiny Palacio of the Philippines in a 12-round nontitle bout in Fukuoka, Japan.
Canadian Heavyweight GEORGE CHUVALO, still bidding for a rematch with Muhammad Ali, scored a third-round knockout over German-born veteran Willie Besmanoff in a scheduled 10-rounder in Miami Beach. The victory was Chuvalo's 10th straight, giving him a professional record of 45-12-2.
Forest Ward, a 17-year-old New York City high school junior, won the National AAU heavyweight title in San Diego when he was awarded a split decision over Kenneth Norton of Jacksonville, Ill. Ward had reached the finals with an upset victory over National Golden Gloves Champion Clay Hodges in the semifinals.
April 17, 1967
CHESS—U.S. Champion BOBBY FISCHER (6-1-2) of Brooklyn won the Grand Prix International in Monte Carlo by half a point over former world champion Vassily Smyslov (4-0-5) of the U.S.S.R., the tournament's only undefeated player.
GOLF—GAY BREWER of Dallas shot a four-round total of 280, eight under par, to take the Masters Tournament in Atlanta by one stroke over Runner-up Bobby Nichols (page 22).
GYMNASTICS—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS won its third straight national collegiate women's championship, in Carbondale, Ill., with a 168½-146½ victory over Centenary College, as DONNA SCHAENZER gained all-round honors and JUDY WILLS successfully defended her trampoline and tumbling titles.
HANDBALL—Defending champion PAUL HABER of San Francisco retained his national open singles title by defeating Bill Yambrick of St. Paul 21-16, 21-20 in the finals in San Francisco (page 90).
HARNESS RACING—Billy Haughton's three-colt entry finished one, two, three to earn a total of $29,949.75 in the $34,425 Commodore Pace at Roosevelt Raceway. ROMULUS HANOVER ($3.80), driven by Haughton, won the eight-furlong event by a neck over Nardin's Byrd, with Meadow Paige another 2½ lengths behind.
HOCKEY—NHL: Defending Stanley Cup Champion MONTREAL gained a 2-0 lead in its semifinal playoff with New York by beating the Rangers 6-4 and 3-1 at home. In the first game the Canadiens scored five times in the last 11 minutes of the third period to overcome a 4-1 Ranger lead, while in the second game the Canadiens tallied twice in the last period to break a 1-1 tie. CHICAGO, the regular-season champion, defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 in the first game of their semifinal series, but TORONTO evened the playoff with a 3-1 victory over the Black Hawks in Chicago.
HORSE RACING—British-owned FOINAVON, a 100-to-1 shot, with John Buckingham aboard, came from dead last and passed 43 other entries at Aintree, England to take the Grand National Steeplechase by 15 lengths over Runner-up Honey End in one of the biggest upsets in the 130-year history of the event (page 32).
J.N. Peatt's 5-year-old BEN NOVUS (22-1), with Peter Robinson up, finished half a length ahead of second-place Aberdeen to win the one-mile Lincolnshire Handicap at Doncaster, England, the first Irish Sweepstakes race of the season. Holders of tickets on the winner collected $140,000.
Claiborne Farm's MONITOR ($4.60), with Jimmy Nichols up, won the $59,200 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark.) by a nose over Louisiana Derby winner Ask the Fare.
JUDO—YASUHIKO NAGATOSHI of the Nanka Association of California became the Grand Champion at the National AAU tournament in Las Vegas when he took the 176-pound title and then won the divisional championship series by defeating the over-205-pound class titlist Howard Fish of the Central Coast Association of San Jose, Calif. Other winners were: GENE MAURO of Nanka (open division); LARRY NELSON of the Kokka Association of Sacramento (under-205-pound); YUZO KOGA of Central Coast, the only defending champion to repeat (139-pound); and NORIO ARIMA, also of Central Coast (154-pound).
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY of Level Cross, N.C. set a NASCAR mark for alltime victories with 51 when he finished a lap ahead of Jim Paschal in the Columbia (S.C.) 200 stock-car race. Before his record-breaking win Petty had been tied with his father, Lee Petty, and retired racers Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson.
SWIMMING—The SANTA CLARA SWIM CLUB took the team title at the National AAU championships in Dallas, as 17-year-old MARK SPITZ broke-two American records in winning the 100-and 200-yard butterfly (page 97). The two other double winners were MIKE BURTON of UCLA, the meet's outstanding performer, who also set national marks (the 500- and the 1,650-yard freestyle), and KEN MERTEN of Southern Methodist in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.
Arizona State freshman KEITH RUSSELL became a double winner at the National AAU Indoor Diving Championships in Arlington, Texas when he won the three-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform events over teammate and last year's champion Bernie Wrightson. The one-meter title was taken by LUIS NINO DE RIVERA of Indiana University. In the women's division, SUE GOSSICK, a 19-year-old from Tarzania, Calif., the only defending champion to retain a title, won the three-meter event and came in second to 1964 Olympic champion LESLEY BUSH in the one-meter. Miss Bush, in turn, placed second to PATTY SIMMS of Arcadia, Calif. in the 10-meter platform.
TRACK & FIELD—Texas A&M's RANDY MATSON scored an impressive double at a triangular meet in College Station, Texas when he broke the national discus record by 3'3" with a toss of 213'9" and heaved the shot 70'5½", only 1¾" under his own world mark.
Kansas sophomore JIM RYUN pulled out of the two-mile run after five laps because of an aching side but returned two hours later to run a three-quarter-mile leg in the distance medley relay (won by the Jayhawks) at the Southwestern Relays in Lafayette, La. Earlier Ryun competed in the 100-yard dash "for the fun of it" and finished last in a qualifying heat with a 10.4.
WRESTLING—The University of Michigan's 1966 NCAA heavyweight champion DAVE PORTER pinned Arizona State's Curly Culp, this year's title-holder, in the final match of the first NCAA All-Star tournament in Stillwater, Okla., to give the EAST a 19-17 victory over the West.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: To the newly created position of executive assistant to the president of the USLTA, ROBERT S. MALAGA, 40, of Cleveland. Malaga, currently the president of the Western Tennis Association, will be in charge of public relations, promotion and the staging of the Wightman Cup and Davis Cup events.
NAMED: As head basketball coach at Colgate University, ED ASHNAULT, 30, coach at Dickinson College for the past three years (40-21).
DIED: FRANK (Shanty) HOGAN, 61, a colorful major league catcher for 13 years with the Boston Braves, New York Giants and Washington Senators; in Boston. Hogan's best year was 1930, when he batted .339 for the Giants in 122 games.